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hello and welcome to k. >> reporter: coming up one on frankly about what is working and what's not in his city and upclose look at late robin williams. personal photographer robert grace will join me. from discrimination from airbnb hosts and drivers. but first major developments in sexual exploitation scandal that rocked several bay area agencies. nancy o'malley amounsed criminal charges against several officers, stemming from claims
against sexual misconduct. charges ranged from oral copulation with a minor to obstruction of justice. >> this investigation has been a key focus at this office and every resource necessary provided and expended on uncovering that truth. >> earlier this week oakland mayor libby schaaf announced that 12 oakland officers will be fired or suspended over this. joins us now. alex, nice to see you. >> nice too see you. >> are the officers charged in the oakland police department or other cities as well? >> learned about seven criminal charges, seven officers charged with criminal charges. five within the opb, some retired or resigned. one from livermore and one
contracosta. >> disciplinary action in connection with this. any of those among the ones charged today? >> appears so with at least one opb officer but it's hard to tell. reason is in the criminal realm, what we learned today, you get names, people charged are named. open and public process. police discipline and personnel files in california are extremely shrouded. not the same as every state but it is here. almost a charade that goes on. even if you know the names, we know some from celeste herself and documentation but even if you know, aren't allowed to say. officials barred by state law. >> are there officers outside of alameda county's jurisdiction
that may face charges? >> nancy o'malley indicated that today. some officers within the pool or maybe additional officers. other crimes in san francisco county and contra costa county. her investigation leads her to believe took place. but can't charge it. at elite now falls into the hands of the district attorneys. >> or have her take whole thing over. >> on its face appears to make sense. state attorney general's office has jurisdiction in every california county. so centralizing this investigation in one law enforcement office, makes sense and that's what a lot of advocates are calling for. there is no indication that's happening at this time and word we usually get from the attorney
general's office is they're monitoring local prosecutions and if feel something is wrong will sometimes step in. no reason to believe this will happen. >> this situation with celeste went foreign a long time and lot of people in the police department knew about it. is there any indication that police supervisors will be disciplined as well? >> there isn't that i heard about. that brings up interesting issue within oakland police department and federal oversight of them. one of the major reasons why the oakland police department is still under federal oversight is in internal affairs investigations they had gotten to the point where they were satisfying the federal court with the discipline they were imposing on officers but there's still a criticism from the federal court that supervisors who should know and intervene aren't held accountable. this is a big test case for oakland and lot of the tests have failed so far.
>> talk about for a moment. now in florida, accused of aggravated battery at rehab center. reportedly sent with help of advocate at police department. complicating this aalleged misconduct at police department. did that come up today? >> it did. nancy o'malley said wouldn't have advocated for that. against it, protested it when her office learned that this important witness to her criminal prosecutions has been moved across the country and is now in a bit of a black hole in florida sheriff's department custody somewhere. it's a huge question mark right now as to who is responsible for that and what was the motivation behind it. >> okay. well, another chapter. and i'm sure we'll here more in the weeks to come. alex, thank you so much. turning now to tech.
airbnb says it has action plan for fighting discrimination by hosts on its site. facebook is celebrating a new milestone. >> we're here to celebrate the tenth anniversary of news feed. in -- this is one of my favorite stories. how we invented it and launched it and backlash around it. >> and one group of uber drivers loses a bid to file as a group in a class action lawsuit. queen that kiev. good to see you. airbnb has been under fire how easy for hosts to reject certain rentals on its site.
how is it going to combat zbrimnation. >> asks former director of the aclu so put together a report and figure this out. blue ribbon panel of academics and eric holder, former attorney general. 32-page report. some of the highlights have ask hosts to sign on to this policy that will show them not to discriminate. also going to start creating a team dedicated to root out some of these problems of engineers and data scientists. try to increase the use of instant booking. do you know what that is? >> normally you have to wait for host to approve your request to rent but in this case book it instantly. >> like a hotel and eliminates host being like i don't know if i want this person staying in my house. just happens automatically. >> this started because some
african-american renters noticed they were getting rejected, spaces no longer available but come back to the site and see they were still available. how will airbnb enforce this? >> that particular case is interesting, if you've been rejected, dates are booked, they're going to try to figure out a mechanism to keep those. can't change they're mind. that's the criticism. who is going to enforce this? looks like internally. another criticism, will people be band when say won't tolerate discrimination. but if going to ban people, how and what rubric? >> host discriminates, what is the punishment right? >> exactly. >> discrimination and racial programming are issues for other community and social media sites. next door, popular sharing site
criticized for posts perreceived as racial profiling. postsed about people in the neighborhood, say a dark-skinned person trying to enter a car. how is next door handling is this. >> the most hyped, community for neighbors, like people walk around the neighborhood before, but now notice the descriptions of are color. i don't know how you combat that but you can't just say a black man or woman is seen in my yard about you have have to two or three more descriptive features. what are they wearing? it's a little bit more filled out. >> provide details. >> trying to create an algorithm that flags this stuff but they don't take in context. will be interesting to see how
it works. >> move on to uber because the ride hailing service actually had a win in federal court. >> yes. uber come into a lot of class action suits mostly for employment things. uber seems to make everybody a contractor so don't have to give benefits and other perks one gets from employer. a variety of suits attack this notion in many ways. judge said person can't enter class action, have to abide by arbitration clause, go by aush bitter and not going to court. but bigger question that flagged last year, lot of companies creating a two-tier system of justice where the companies make consumers as well as employees go to arbitration outside the court of law and growing evidence that that often sides
with the employer. >> and this is one small group but could have implications for others. you know that apple released its iphone 7. gasp, no headphone jacks. what is reaction? >> mixed. i think i read the jack been around about 100 years. getting rid of this technology that's -- people are used to, i think general reaction has been a little mixed. as you know apple has come under a little bit of criticism because it hasn't come out with the new, new thing. they try to hype the -- make them wireless earbuds as this courageous bold move but i don't think it's the wow thing people expect. mixed. >> facebook, number ten, significant for facebook this week marks tenth anniversary of
news feed. how has it changed? >> not just pictures of friend's kids and cats but a big way that people consume news. a pew study said large percentage of facebook users get news from that site and become a tension point with media makers because more and more relying on facebook to put out news. interesting to watch. >> and also need to track fun things that friends are doing and maybe we're doing. >> not going to do this are you? >> all right. >> post on facebook. there we go. thanks so much. san jose is no stranger to tech companies, home to some of the biggest including sysco and adobe. and -- one of the biggest cities
in bay area and california. there's been questions you and lingering problems around policing, homelessness and economic vitality. here to discuss is the mayor sam la carddo. lice nice to have you back. continuing to grow. median household income one of the highest in the country but as you know there are still problems. some of the worst roads in the country. substantial homeless population despite the shutdown of the judge. why so many budget issues in such a wealthy city? >> we're the tenth largest -- of the city and if you look at top population, it's only one with awe smaller daytime population than nighttime. >> people work elsewhere?
>> exactly. we have a lot of jobs throughout the valley, north and west, bedroom community, has huge impacts on ability to generate revenue for basic sefrss. >> what are you doing? >> i pushed inclusionary fee on developers. build affordable units. within a few years generate to build more affordable housing. in november measure a on the ballot to provide almost a billion dollars in funding to use for affordable funding particularly for homeless. >> not everybody is for it. essentially a property tax for tund housing. a lot of people feel taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill
for housing for low income housing. >> well we're paying for the cost whether we fund it or not. might as well get ahead of the problem. dealing with traffic congestion every morning on the freeways because we have a basic challenge, not enough housing where the jobs are, sufficiently affordable. need to do far more to put the affordable housing close to the destinations, schools, jobs and critical services. >> how will you bring more jobs in san jose. >> had incredible success. opened samsung's north america headquarters, apple announced purchase of enough land for a campus larger than the spaceship headquarters in san drk and seeing extraordinary growth.
start ups goes public. still need to catch up to have balance of jobs, housing and land use pattern to enable to pay for critical services and address critical problems with traffic, because of the fact that people live and work different places. >> recently declared a state of emergency for more officers to be shipped in for street patrol. you have a police force declined by about a third. how will you add and retain officers? >> critical path is ballot measure f in november. will essentially help us restore protections for officers who are hurt in the line of duty, disability protections. >> this would take away some of the strict pension reforms as measure b as well. >> we started with measure b and
renegotiated with all 11 of the unions, struck a deal to preserve a little bit more money, save more than measure b, including retiree health care. a huge cost. reducing impact on the pension and disability side. enable us to be competitive employer again. >> what is contingency plan if doesn't pass? >> will be strained to retain and hire police officers if can't get it passed. it's fair to say i'm all in, spending every day working on getting this measure passed. trying everything we can for example, now reaching out to military vets, allowing military experience to serve as a proxy for educational attainment because we tend to have high standards in our department. that is expanding our hiring pool but reality is competing against lots of cities in the
bay area hiring and all are facing a shortage. we have to be more competitive so we need measure f. >> so aggravated assaults are up, homicides are up. >> there's never been a moment when big city mayor won't say we need to be better. we know violent crime is rising but at the same time viewed in context still lowest of any major city in the country. i want to ensure lower because have seen increase throughout the last year or two. we have a lot of work to do with that and property crime like burglaries as well. >> your grandfather owned a grocery store in the '40s, you were born and raised here. has the city changed for better or worse? >> done both. no question we've seen extraordinary redevelopment in the downtown and now bustlingly vibrant city center and will see
more in the next couple of years. seeing extraordinary opportunities certainly for a group of now one million residents with a higher standard of living than anywhere else in the world. but the gap between rich and poor has grown, harder for those without high educational attainment to make it in the valley. we have to narrow the gap. >> san jose still doesn't have the vibrant commercial districts like you see in palo alto for example. cinemas zhount, downtown's only first-run movie showing and prime venue for the film festival. don't have as vibrant a downtown core. what are you going to do to turn that around? >> there's no question that some of the traditional organizations have struggled but i don't think
that's our future. we're a diverse city and what we're seeing really rise in san jose are forms that are much more focused within niche areas ethnically and culturally. i think what we're seeing is creation of new art forms. think about tyco, been there several decades and they have broadened their appeal. arts organizations like maqua, primarily focusing on latino art but broadening appeal. growing fast. recognition the traditional art forms are struggling in san jose but also everywhere. new york and every else. we need to continue to develop downtown, get more residents living in the core. create that sense of urban -- that vibrant urban center we know we can create to sustain the art scene in the long run.
>> we wish you well in the next two years on the job. >> it's been a pleasure. i feel like an iguana in heat. >> last month marks anniversary of robin williams' death. deep ties to the region. beloved and familiar figure in the bay area. now a new book by photographer arthur grace. most of the images never made public brchlt collection spans a decade's long friendship. >> thanks for having me. >> you were on assignment for "newsweek dts, how did your friendship evolve? >> spend a lot of time in close proximity on the road. traveling all the time, rental cars, airports, waiting lounges,
having dinner after a show, get intimate with the group traveling with him. small, four-person crew. do that week after week and get to know somebody better and better. >> and you went out to shoot family portraits and christmas cards as well. show the photo on the back cover of your book. it's quintessential robin williams. known for humor, funny irref rent, offering a role of toilet paper up to "the thinker" but also known for dramatic roles like "good will hunting." how did public persona relate to away from the stage? >> first of all, funny off stage as on. wasn't funny on stage and quiet and never made people laugh
offstage. incredibly witty and riff so people around him got to laugh. >> he liked his privacy though, in your book another photo with shirt off after a performance in l.a. in 2002. what was happening? >> just finished a sold-out performance at universal amphitheater in 2002, expended so much energy physically emotionally, when he comes off stage, literally have to catch his breath. go into dressing room alone and you see him recharge in front of the camera. he had to catch his breath and get ready again for greeting people. >> and you have said that he also had a private room in his home in san francisco. tell us about that. >> sometimes when i was there,
he with disappear, go to private room off behind a hidden bookcase and there were video games and toy soldiers and godzilla monsters and star wars baseships and scripts. spend hours in there. his own lair. >> was there ever a time he asked you to put the camera down? >> interestingly enough that never happened. that's what was amazing. photograph a lot of people, some celebrities but robin always let me work. never said no, put the camera down or you can't shoot this entire time. he was trusting. that's why. >> you became close, shared meals together. you have a picture of that in your book and news of his death was so shocking to the world. but i imagine for you must have been just so shattering on a personal level. >> certainly was. i got the call from my wife, had
heard it. i was in los angeles. and i was stunned, stunned. i think i was next to car and slid down to the ground. took a long time to get it together again as it were, because you got calls from friends, everybody was in shock, including myself. it took a long time to get to look at the photographs again. even decide to do anything with them. >> what made you decide to do something with them finally and do this book? >> as far as i'm concerned what it always was is a legacy book for robin. we have robin williams between two covers on the book on the page be around for years or all fans, people who loved, respected and admired him, can turn to robin. not put in a dvd, download a film but have a physical book to revisit him anytime they want
and remember how brilliant he was and who the man was. >> we have one more photo i especially love of robin williams on baker beach with daughter zelda in 1990, such a raw, honest, intimate moment. did he know you were shooting at the time? >> absolutely. i was down on the beach, i was walking off to the side but i'm not the kind of photographer who runs in front, runs behind, shoots two rolls. he knows that. >> what kind of father and husband was he? >> fantastic, loved his children. they were the heart of his life, book dedicated to the children. greatest joy i saw was robin around his kids. >> truly beautiful images, thank you for sharing that. book signing up? >> sunday, 4:00 at book passage. >> it was robin williams' local
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